Texas murder suspect arrested; was in Daytona for the races

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.



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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of killing his uncle during a land dispute in Texas was arrested after coming to Florida to attend NASCAR races at Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/2lDHvC4 ) reports 50-year-old Joe Earl Smith told police who arrested him Thursday that he was in town "for the races."

Daytona Beach Shores police spokesman Lt. Mike Fowler says Smith's family had informed investigators he was likely heading to Florida for the Daytona 500.

Officers spotted his SUV parked in a lot next to City Hall.

Fowler says Smith told investigators he shot 68-year-old Jack Smith over a land dispute in Marion County, Texas. Joe Smith told authorities his family had been evicted.

He's being held without bond. Records don't say whether he has a lawyer.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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